May 14, 2021

The poet and writer Francisco Tarajano dies – La Provincia

The poet and writer Francisco Tarajano dies - La Provincia


The Grancanarian poet, writer and historian Francisco Tarajano Pérez passed away at dawn yesterday, at 94, in the municipality of Agüimes, where he had his residence fixed. His ardent chapel has been installed in the San Miguel funeral home in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and will be buried this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Tarajano has stood out for his extensive and prolific poetic work and for his contribution to the popular collection of the Canaries, and was the official chronicler of Agüimes.

Born in Ingenio in 1924, Tarajano worked as a teacher in several schools in Gran Canaria and Tenerife for 20 years. Lover of popular literature, in the 50s he collaborated with the ballads The Flower of the Marañuela, directed by Dr. Diego Catalá Menéndez Pidal, professor at the University of La Laguna (ULL). In 1956, he emigrated to Venezuela, where he remained for 16 years, in which he devoted himself to teaching and published seven teaching books.

In 1972, he returned to the Canary Islands, where he continued teaching until his retirement and delving into a committed task of collecting the wisdom of the Canarian people through couplets, fortune-telling, tenths, romances or sayings, that he captured in titles like Canary popular fortune tellers, Anthology of Canary fortune tellers, More than 2,000 fortune tellers, Canary fortune tellers for children, Canarias Canta I, Canary Islands Sing II, Agüimes in Cuba, Guess the riddle, Great anthology of canary fortune tellers Y Anthology of spicy fortune tellers.

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